thiruvAimozhi – 10.4.10 – vagaiyAl manam onRi

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Introduction for this pAsuram

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s introduction

No specific introduction.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s introduction

In the tenth pAsuram, AzhwAr concludes with bhakthi yOgam which is spoken about here, saying “The divine feet of sarvESvaran, who is the refuge for prayOjanAntharaparas (those who see other benefits) also and who fulfills their desires, are the good refuge for bhakthimAns (followers of bhakthi yOgam) and prapannas (those who performed prapaththi) as well”.

Highlights from vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s introduction

See nanjIyar‘s introduction.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s introduction

See nanjIyar‘s introduction.

Highlights from nampiLLai‘s introduction as documented by vadakkuth thiruvIdhip piLLai

See nanjIyar‘s introduction.


vagaiyAl manam onRi mAdhavanai nALum
pugaiyAl viLakkAl pudhu malarAl neerAl
thisaidhORu amarargaL senRirainja ninRa
thagaiyAn saraNam thamargatku Or paRRE


Word-by-Word meanings (based on vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s 12000 padi)

vagaiyAl – by ways explained in SAsthram
manam – heart
onRi – being focussed
mAdhavanai – emperumAn, who is Sriya:pathi (consort of SrI mahAlakshmi) for the fulfilment of their goal
nALum – everyday
pudhu – distinguished
pugaiyAl viLakkAl malarAl neerAl – smoke (incense), lamp, flower and water
dhisaidhORu – in every direction
amarargaL – dhEvas starting with brahmA
senRu – go
iRainja – to pray and surrender
ninRa – stood
thagaiyAn – one who is having the nature
saraNam – divine feet
thamargatku – for the distinguished devotees who are ananyaprayOjanas (those who don’t seek any other benefit)
Or – being distinguished goal
paRRu – will be the good refuge.

Simple translation (based on vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s 12000 padi)

dhEvas starting with brahmA, being focussed in their hearts by ways explained in SAsthram on emperumAn, who is Sriya:pathi for the fulfillment of their goal, everyday, go in every direction with distinguished smoke (incense), lamp, flower and water; the divine feet of such emperumAn who is standing to be prayed and surrendered by brahmA et al, are the distinguished goal and good refuge for the distinguished devotees who are ananyaprayOjanas.

vyAkyAnams (commentaries)

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s vyAkyAnam

See vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s translation.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s vyAkyAnam

See nampiLLai‘s vyAkyAnam.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s vyAkyAnam

See nampiLLai‘s vyAkyAnam.

Highlights from nampiLLai‘s vyAkyAnam as documented by vadakkuth thiruvIdhip piLLai

  • vagaiyAl manam onRi – Being focussed in the heart by the ways explained in SAsthram.
  • mAdhavanai – One need not fear for violating the rules and carelessness; whatever activities one performed to avoid the censure by people, one will not reap the results. The one (SrI mahAlakshmi) who would say “Should you abandon him for not following the rules properly and not being careful?” is with emperumAn. With this, the relationship with lakshmi is explained in that [gIthA charama] SlOkam [This pAsuram is further explaining charama SlOkam]. The attributes which are part of one’s nature can either be explicitly mentioned or skipped; this is why in dhvayam it is explicitly highlighted and in thirumanthram it is implicitly understood. It is said in dhramida bhAshyam “anthargatha guNANAm Eva dhEvathAm bhajathE” (only worshipping the lord who has qualities which are hidden in his svarUpam (true nature)); as it is said that in such svarUpam of bhagavAn itself, his qualities such as apahathapApmathva (being untouched by sins) etc are present.
  • nALum … – Without any time restriction. Not having any restriction in the materials used for the worship also, carrying the materials which they have, brahmA et al come and surrender just as devotees will arrive for periya thirunAL (brahmOthsavam, adhyayana uthsavam etc in SrIrangam) from all directions; such emperumAn’s divine feet; for those who surrendered to his divine feet, there is no need for seeking any other refuge. For ananyaprayOjana bhakthi yOga nishtas (who perform bhakthi without any expectation), he will be the grantor of results and means; for prapannas (who surrendered to him only), he will be the direct means.

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